The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $30 million in federal disaster loans for California businesses and residents impacted by the recent wildfires in Napa, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties, the agency’s disaster field operations center-west director Tanya N. Garfield announced Monday.
“SBA’s disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible,” Garfield said.
Businesses and residents who sustained damages are encouraged to register prior to the Dec. 11 deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov, she said. This is the fastest way to get help, she said.
“Don’t miss out on any assistance you may be entitled to by not registering. You don’t need to wait for your insurance to settle or obtain a contractor’s estimate,” Garfield said.
SBA continues to provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants at the following locations:
— Lake County Disaster Recovery Center, Clearlake Senior Community Center, 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake. Mondays — Sundays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— Mendocino County Disaster Recovery Center, 1375 N. State St., Ukiah, Mondays — Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— Napa County, Local Assistance Center, 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building A, Napa, Mondays — Fridays, 10 a.m. — 7 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Sonoma County Business Recovery Center, The Courtyard, 141 Stony Circle, Suite 155, Santa Rosa, Monday — Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closes permanently 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15.
— Sonoma County Disaster Recovery Center, Press Democrat Building, 427 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, Mondays — Sundays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— Sonoma County Disaster Recovery Center, Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, Mondays — Sundays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— Yuba County Disaster Recovery Center, Yuba County Government Center, Marysville Conference Room, 915 8th St., Suite 117, Marysville, Mondays — Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets, officials said. SBA can also lend additional funds to help business and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future, they said.
For small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for property damage is Dec. 11, 2017. The deadline to apply for economic injury is July 12, 2018.